Magazine December 21, 2009, Issue

Asian Persuasion

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting in China, 2016 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Obama inherits Bush's quiet triumphs in the East

During a twelve-day span in November, Barack Obama met with the leaders of Japan, China, and India. The substance of his trip to the Far East was eclipsed by an imprudent bow before the Japanese emperor. Obama’s White House state dinner for Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh was overshadowed by a pair of party-crashers. Yet the tabloid-friendly news items should not distract us from the profound significance of U.S. dealings with Asia’s Big Three.

“This is the first time in history when there have been three powerful countries in Asia, all at the same time,” notes former Economist editor Bill Emmott …

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